Mindful Paper People

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With Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC & Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC

- Saturday, June 7, 10am-3pm

Mindful Paper People - Creativity WorkshopIn this art-based workshop, we will engage in a mindful exploration of ourselves through meditation, imagery, and artful play. We will engage in a form of guided meditation that increases awareness (without judgment) of our physical, emotional and psychological states, whatever they may be. We will respond to this mindfulness exercise by gently reflecting on these aspects of ourselves through embellishing paper people: using colors, lines, shapes, symbols, paints, and collage materials to create playful characters. With a bit of magic, we will find these paper dolls come alive with healing and compassionate messages to exchange with one another. No artistic experience is necessary as this workshop is designed for all levels of artistic abilities, in a warm and supportive atmosphere. Come play with us!

For counselors, art therapists, expressive therapists, social workers, marriage and family therapists who wish to receive CECs, the workshop objectives are:

  •  1) Attendees will be introduced to the use of awareness and mindfulness practices to bring awareness to physical, emotional, and psychological states.
  •  2) Attendees be able identify how to use these practices in their personal and professional work.
  •  3) Attendees will learn how to use paper doll making as a means to further explore mindfulness practice.

Snacks will be provided. We recommend that you bring your lunch. Lunch can also be purchased nearby from healthy, reasonably priced carry-outs in the neighborhood.

Note: We are pleased to offer a discount for those who register early! 
The cost for this program is:

  • $40 if you register by June 4
  • $45 if you register after June 4

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. 


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About Rebecca Wilkinson and Gioia Chilton

Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, and Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC are both Registered and Board Certified art therapists with twenty years of experience in mental health and in facilitating training and workshops. They serve as adjunct faculty at George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program and provide continuing education and development through the Potomac Art Therapy Association. They also serve as core faculty of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, facilitating supportive workshops for those affected by life threatening illness and the professional providers working with them. They are co-founders of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC, which provides training, consultation, and clinical therapy designed to reduce stress, prevent burnout, and increase life satisfaction and wellbeing.

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